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Whether I am given a parking fine, a court summons for not paying my council tax and imprisoned, made bankrupt or homeless as a punishment, fallen behind in my rent because I have too low an income to cover the market rent and am forced to choose between eating and rent, sanctioned and deprived of all income for being a minute late for a Jobcentre appointment, in fact, name the countless ways in which we can be punished for financial want, these are paper crimes. There is no motive of harm or wilful hurt caused to another and, excepting the very few who defraud for personal financial gain, these are what I would call crimes of innocence.

In Britain we have two types of law, as best as I can understand it, Common Law and Civil Law.

Common Law is set by precedent and is also known as Case Law and Natural Law, evolved and developed over time by the court system and comprises what we know as natural justice.

Civil Law or Statute Law, is set by parliament and whatever passes in parliament goes on what we know as the statute books. The definition of Statute Book is the: “Chronological collection of the statutes approved by the legislative body of a country and forming its legal code.”

Britain is a confusing mixture of both these forms of law.

Readers may remember when I attempted to bring charges against Iain Duncan Smith and (Lord) David Freud under the Human Rights Act for depriving people of the means of survival and therefore infringing their right to life. What I unwittingly came up against was a conflict between two statutory laws and was informed by the Police that in order to challenge the sanctions regime I would have to bring a civil case, which is a ‘legal dispute between two or more parties’. It was, and still remains, my right as a citizen to do this, if I could afford it. As the police informed me, it wasn’t a criminal case because Iain Duncan Smith wasn’t breaking the law, sanctions have been around since the National Insurance Act 1911, my case, if I had one, was to pursue a conflict in statute law in which a judge would adjudicate.

Which roundabout route brings me back to crimes of innocence and why outrage is both entirely right and appropriate and yet hobbled. What we are up against is that most hideous of creatures, the Jobsworth, who obeys the letter of the law absent of any common sense, decency or rationality and who positively enjoys penalising people for no good reason. I give you, the Tory government, who are experts in achieving illegitimate ends by legitimate means: i.e. they have the legitimate means to deprive people of the means of survival through sanctions, the end is that people die either through penury or through suicide, and the government claim they’ve done nothing wrong in their twisted, perverse thuggery. Worse, they ladle the blame on us, who, were they to vanish in a moment (I wish), would carry on with our lives free of their vile perfidy and constant threat.

I recently quoted from ‘Britannia Unchained’, a book co-written by Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss, who castigate ‘the “baby boomer” generation for seeking to raise taxes for young workers to pay for their lavish pension pots’. In so doing they promote a lie and generate discord and hate for a crime of innocence, where pensioners have paid into their pension pot in good faith, over their working life times, to receive on retirement a state pension which is anything but lavish.

This stuff is as infuriating as it is teeth grindingly irritating, from self serving politicians making political capital out of our lives and a presumption of guilt for no crime we’ve committed either wilfully or in error.

And they know exactly what they are doing. It is enraging to watch their smirking faces when they are challenged in parliament and the lies with which they justify themselves and wilfully avoid any accountability whatsoever.

This country is ruled by the unjust and the innocent die. They have weaponised poverty and made of it a crime of innocence, for which the penalty is death by sanction in Britain’s filthy secret penal system, the Department for Work and Pensions.

Conditionality – obedience or death.

KOG. 11 April 2017

https://onlinelaw.wustl.edu/blog/common-law-vs-civil-law/

http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/regime-change-sanctions-and-law-claimants

Benefit Sanctions and the Rule of Law

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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,511

Wednesday 03 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

I wrote yesterday about a man who reported he was sanctioned for three months for making a spelling mistake. Such brutality for trivial reasons is not rare and I wonder if you have any idea what it really means to deprive someone of the means of survival?

The DWP sanctions regime is Britain’s secret penal system in which people are convicted and sentenced without trial and the penalties are far harsher than any court would impose.

Last year Dr David Webster of the University of Glasgow reported that in 2013 alone 1,122,526 sanctions were imposed compared to 849,000 fines by the courts. The scale of penalties from the DWP were more severe than the courts, £286.80 – £11,185.20 compared to £200 – £10,000 and that ‘Most sanctions are applied to poor people and involve total loss of benefit income’.

What is even more shocking and horrifying is that this state brutality, which has driven many to suicide, is treated as normal and routine. Oxford and Liverpool researchers found that suicides had increased in benefit test areas which could not be explained away by other factors, although the DWP has routinely denied any causal links between its treatment of claimants and death and suicide.

Alongside this regime of poverty and homeless inducing economic punishment, the DWP has adopted psycho-coercive techniques which both infantilize and dehumanise those on social security, even rebranding worklessness and disability as psychological disorders. The DWP has made extensive efforts to impose ‘mental health’ services and psycho-coercive treatment in Jobcentres and GP practices to coerce people into work.

Such practices are, for want of a better word, diabolical, as Psychologist and Psychoanalyst Dr Bruce Scott put it, “The joining of Government Health and Work Departments is not helpful, and current DWP policy intended to reduce the socio-economic causes of mental illness to the one simple fact of unemployment is clinically and intellectually ridiculous.” Worse, it is toxic and harmful to those it is imposed upon. It is not therapy, it is state imposed indoctrination or the imposition of the ‘Big Brother State’ which must never be tolerated.

The Labour party now has more members than all the other parties put together, you might like to wonder why? More and more people have had enough of state brutality.

https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/tag/sanction-targets/

http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/

https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/benefit-sanctions-britains-secret-penal-system

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34838539

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/13/suicides-of-benefit-claimants-reveal-dwp-flaws-says-inquiry

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